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Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist

Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comOfficially, Memorial Day is the federal holiday in which we remember the people who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Unofficially, it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season and the day of the cookout. Today your social media timelines will be full of people asking to “save them a plate”.

In honor of cookout season, I’ve put together a summertime flavor or cookout playlist, if you will.  Now there are a lot of super throwback songs on this because when I first started curating the playlist, I thought off all the songs an uncle (in a white tee and leather sandals) would jam to as he’s making his famous barbecue (Frankie Beverly and Maze, Earth, Wind and Fire), but then there’s some classic rap songs (hello, Summertime by the Fresh Prince) that have to be included. And then personally, I love to dance, so I had to throw in a few dance jams.

I hope you all enjoy your day off and enjoy the flavor of the playlist. There are a few songs that Spotify didn’t have that are linked below.

Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist

  1. Lil Wayne – Mrs. Officer
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back to Cali (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)
  3. Jennifer Lopez feat Fabolous – Get Right
  4. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
  5. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly – Before I Let Go
  6. Tupac Ft. Shock G & Money B – I Get Around
  7. Kanye West Ft. T-Pain – Good Life
  8. Nelly – Hot In Herre
  9. Carl Carlton – She’s a Bad Mama Jama
  10. UGK – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
  11. Cameo – Candy
  12. Brick – Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody
  13. Lorde –  Royals (Magnifik Remix)
  14. Le Roux – Bulletproof
  15. Bob Marley – Stir it Up (STYTE DUBSTEP RMX)
  16. Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
  17. Isley Brothers- For the Love of You Pt 1 and 2
  18. Earth, Wind and Fire – September
  19. Justin Timberlake – Let The Groove Get In

What songs will you spin at your cookout? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @donnicakelsey.

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Productivity Playlist 2

Productivity Playlist #2 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThere are levels to being productive while listening to music. Like Donni said before introducing the jams on her Productivity Playlist, everyone is different. My levels include healthy distractions like dancing and daydreaming. While physical movement (dancing) relieves stress and releases endorphins, daydreaming is like meditation for me. Songs that make me happy bring on the visions of the positive things I want to have and experience–like owning a house with a huge yard in New Orleans, or going to Disney World for the first time. When I think about things like that, I get pumped about checking items off of my to-do list.

During my senior year of college, I’d head to the park in my neighborhood to clear my mind. Y’all don’t even know how Adele’s “21” and Beyonce’s “4” got me through life in 2011! I would walk/run 3-5 times a week listening to those albums–beginning to end. Some songs made me want to dance, and some would put me in my feelings. Either way, I’d zone out and pick up speed.

Back to the subject at hand–a healthy distraction can lead to a serious productivity session. And you know what’s a really good, healthy distraction? A TWERK-OFF!!! Twerking is a workout and working out is productive—so there’s that. On International Day of Happiness (March 20), I read an article on TODAY.com, about people getting together for pre-work dance parties at 7am to release “happy chemicals”. I hope my playlist helps you do the same!

WARNING: Some of my tunes are not for the young ears. Keep that in mind if you’re going to listen with the fam. 🙂

Productivity Playlist #2

  1. Countdown by Beyoncé
  2. Made Me [Explicit] by Snootie Wild & K CAMP
  3. Limit to Your Love by James Blake
  4. Lost Queen by Pharrell Williams
  5. End of Time by Beyoncé
  6. Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) [Explicit] by Rich Homie Quan
  7. Count Your Blessings by Nas & Damian Marley
  8. Didn’t Cha Know by Erykah Badu
  9. Baby Blue by Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper
  10. Turn Your Lights Down Low by Bob Marley & The Wailers feat. Lauryn Hill

What are you turning up or turning down to while taking care of business? Comment below or tweet @PalmsInATL!

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Productivity Playlist

Productivity Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’m the queen of playlists. For example, when I workout I need music to keep me moving. Otherwise, I’ll just wander from machine to machine in my apartment’s gym, pausing to take the obligatory #blackgirlsworkouttoo picture. When I’m cleaning (especially spring cleaning), I need a great playlist to keep me on task. So I’ve been inspired to share my personal productivity playlist that keeps me motivated throughout the work week. I try to update it at least every other week with some new songs or revamp it completely.

Music & Productivity

Music while working is a great idea, but I’ve read that different types of music affects our productivity in a number of ways.

– When the task is clearly defined and is repetitive in nature, the research seems to suggest that music is definitely useful.
– It may be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus for a project.
– For some lyrics, can be distracting. 

With all that being said,  everyone is different. I can’t promise you that you’ll accomplish all of your daily tasks listening to this playlist, but I know it makes me feel like a #girlboss and I get stuff done. Enjoy!

 

Productivity Playlist #1

  1. Dunes by The Alabama Shakes
  2. Standing On The Sun Remix by Beyoncé (ft. Mr Vegas)
  3. Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
  4. FourFiveSeconds by Rhianna, Kayne West and Paul McCartney
  5. I See Fire (live) by Ed Sheeran
  6. Riptide by Vance Joy
  7. I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
  8. Everlasting Light by The Black Keys
  9. Trap Queen by Fetty Wap
  10. Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker
  11. Drip Drop  by Empire Cast (feat. Yazz and Serayah McNeill)
  12. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  13. That’s Not My Name by The TIng Tings
  14. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
  15. I Don’t Mind by Usher (feat. Juicy J)

What songs are you playing on repeat right now? Tweet me or comment below! I’m always looking for suggestions for my next playlist.

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Music Festival Season

Although, I didn’t get to go to Coachella this year, I got my first music festival of the 2015 season down in the books – Sweetwater 420 Fest in Centennial Olympic Park. The weather wasn’t ideal for a music festival, but I powered through the rain and mud. Well, mostly powered through.

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Despite thinking about all of the jokes made about him at the Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast, seeing Snoop live was worth the price of the three-day wristband. Though he hasn’t had a recent radio smash, Snoop has plenty of hits. And a best of Snoop Dogg concert is better than some of the shows you’ll see “rappers” put on today. Like, I LOVE Trap Queen, but I’m not sure I could sit through a whole Fetty Wap concert.

Sweetwater 420 Fest

Here are a few clips I took during Snoop’s set (my apologies for any of my horrible singing that may be in the background) :

Yes, he started about 25 minutes late, but he put on an amazing show. The rumored 20,000 who braved the rain on Friday night were treated to: “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”, “Gin and Juice”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “California Girls”, “I Love Rock and Roll”, a little Notorious B.I.G.- “Hypnotize” and of course a Tupac tribute “Gangsta Party”, as well as some of his other hits.

On Saturday, I walked around for the majority of the day drying off. I ended up in a crazy downpour sans umbrella.  The rain washed off my makeup and collected in my combat boots. I wrung what seemed like a half a gallon of water from my shirt before shaking it off and grabbing a Sweetwater Blue to get me back in the festival mood.

Festival “Types”

No matter if you’re heading up to Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza this summer, or waiting for Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta in September there are certain types of people that you will always see. Over the weekend, I turned the “festival archetypes” into a game. Every time one of my friends spotted one of these “types” we got points.

  1. Flower Crowns
  2. Hula Hoop Girl
  3. Person in a Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets jersey:  Now they won’t wear them because they are necessarily supporters of the team, but because they are supporters of legalization.
  4. White dreads: Like the fantastic J (Issa Rae) once said in Awkward Black Girl: “Guys come and go, but great friends are like nice-looking white dreads… hard to come by”.
  5. Multiple Bob Marley or One Love t-shirts: If I had a $1 for every Marley related t-shirt I spotted this weekend, I’d have more than enough for the new Samsung Galaxy. I’m not quite sure why Tuff Gong is the go to in festival wear, but it is.
  6. The avid music festival goer: This person will be wearing a vintage festival shirt (Bonnaroo 2009) and may even have a collection of wristbands from past festivals on their arm. They want you to know that this isn’t their first rodeo.
  7. The painted up girl: No pictures here, folks. But there’s gonna be a few people, guys and girls, who decide to go sans clothes and choose paint. I worried about the girls who painted up this weekend, but maybe the used waterproof paint. (rolls eyes).

This was all in good fun because let’s be honest if I would have had the free time, I would have totally made a flower crown to wear. Overall, I had a great weekend with my friends and made some great festival memories.

Do any of you have any plans to travel to music festivals? Tell me your plans and who you’re most excited to see. Leave a comment or tweet me @donnicakelsey.

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